Robin Thicke Sued By Marvin Gaye's Family Amidst Claims Of Plagiarism
Months after their initial threat of a lawsuit, the estate of Marvin Gaye have made true on their threat against Thicke
Robin Thicke was looking down the barrel of a double lawsuit only a few short months ago, with both Marvin Gaye's family and Bridgeport Music Inc. - who own the rights to the music of Funkadelic/Parliament - threatening to take the singer to court. Both alleged that Thicke had ripped them off with 'Blurred Lines,' with Gaye's estate complaining the mega-popular hit sounds a lot like 'Got to Give It Up,' and Bridgeport comparing it to Funkadelic's 'Sexy Ways.' This week, Gaye's family finally made true on their threat.
Robin is being taken to court by two of Marvin's children
Two of Marvin's children, Nona Gaye and Frankie Christian Gaye, decided to change their mind over the lawsuit after supposedly hearing Thicke admit to ripping off their dad in order to produce his most popular song to date. According to TMZ, the siblings believe that they have acquired evidence that proves 'Blurred Lines' is just a rip-off, claiming that Thicke admitted to stealing the beat during two separate interviews: one with Billboard and the other with GQ.
After the initial threats of a lawsuit in August, Thicke filed a preemptive complaint to protect himself from any future disputes, but Nona and Frankie have filed a countersuit, claiming Thicke not only ripped off 'Got To Give It Up,' but also that Robin's song 'Love After War' is the same as Marvin's hit, 'After the Dance.' The kids are also using a TMZ video of Robin leaving the courthouse after filing his preemptive complaint as evidence against the singer.
Marvin's children are now seeking damages against 'Blurred Lines' and want a percentage of the earnings made by the songs, which could be a substantial amount given how successful the track was. No court date has been set.
The singer hasn't yet responded to the lawsuit
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